Here comes an interesting update about Nepal’s national U-19 cricket team for ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019!
Nepal Vs Singapore: Match 1 – Nepal Wins By 217 runs
Nepal makes a winning start in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019! The Nepal U19 team met Singapore for its first match for the Asia Qualifier at Kuala Lumpur on April 12, 2019.
Singapore won the toss and elected to field first.
Nepal Opening batsmen Rit Gautam and P Sarraf registered 1 and 47 runs respectively, giving Nepal a decent start. Doubling Sarraf’s score and becoming the highest scorer in the team, Paudel then made a contribution of 95 runs for his team.
Besides these players, B Sharki’s 26 runs, KS Airee’s 31 runs and Rashid Khan’s 48 runs helped the team wind up their first Asia Qualifier match with a magnificent 282 runs in 46 overs.
Then came Singapore’s turn. The team’s batting line began with SH Venugopal and A Chabria registering a score of 18 and 2 runs, respectively.
However, Chabria’s stint ended with a partnered run out by Rashid Khan and Kushal Malla.
Besides I Sawney (28) and Venugopal (18), all the other players were able to make single digit runs. Thanks to Nepal’s strong line of defense on the field!
In all, Singapore was able to make a total of just 65 runs after losing all wickets in 31 overs.
Nepal’s Pawan Sarraf was named ‘Player of the Match’.
Congratulations Team Nepal!
Hope the young lads keep up their good work and lead Nepal to the U19 World Cup Trophy.
Nepal has finally announced a 14-men squad part of its U-19 team for the tournament scheduled to be held in Malaysia during April 10-18, 2019.
As per the announcement on April 02, 2019, the team has roped in some experienced players from the senior national cricket team who played in UAE tour.
Nepal’s new cricket sensation Rohit Poudel, known as the youngest half-centurion in international cricket, is leading the team.
The team also has another world record holder Sundeep Jora, known as the youngest half-centurion in T20I cricket, alongside the former Youth Asia Cup captain Aasif Sheikh and the off-spinning all-rounder Pawan Sarraf, among others.
Pace bowlers Rashid Khan and Kamal Singh Airee and left-arm spin bowlers Sagar Dhakal and Surya Tamang are among the key bowlers in the team.
All-rounder Kushal Malla, wicket keeper Hari Bahadur Chauhan, batsman Avishek Basnet and left-arm pace bowler Pratish GC were among the newcomers willing to check their luck part of the squad.
Poudel Confident About Squad
Poudel was confident about the new squad and is hopeful about the newcomers’ entry.
“The players know their role, which is a good thing heading into a crucial tournament. We are feeling good collectively with our performances in the recent practice tour. There are few experienced players in the squad which certainly makes my job easier in the middle. We can always talk to each other in difficult situations,” Poudel said in a statement.
Newcomers Add Freshness
Welcoming the newcomers, he stated, “The newcomers are always refreshing. They bring new ideas in the team. Pratish has done well swinging the new ball and also bowling well in death overs.”
Hari Bahadur Chauhan was elated on his first-ever selection for the national team.
“This will be my first time as a wicket-keeper batsman. The team required a back-up keeper for the tour and the coach trusted me to do justice with the role. He had seen me wicket-keeping for Dhangadhi Stars during DPL. He also had given me few matches with gloves during the practice tour of India,” Chauhan said in a statement.
Nepal national U-19 cricket team is scheduled to fly to Malaysia on April 6, 2019. With no practice matches in prior, the team will face UAE, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore and Kuwait in a single round-robin format to secure its spot (from the Asian region) in the U19 World Cup scheduled to be held in South Africa in 2020.
All the matches of the tournament are planned to be played at Kinrara Oval, Bayuemas Oval in Klang and at the UKM Oval stadiums in Bangi.
All the matches will be played in a 50-over format and are most likely to be ‘day games’ starting at 9:30 am of the local time.
Nepal will face Singapore in its inaugural match of the tournament on April 12 at UKM Oval.
The previous edition of Asia qualifiers saw Afghanistan beat Nepal in the final to secure its spot in the 2018 edition of U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Now a test nation, Afghanistan has automatically qualified for the upcoming edition of the world cup in South Africa in 2020.
ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019 Division-1 Schedule
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